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Forty-one year old Tom’s chief complaints were asthma for four years, rectal itching, weight loss and secondary stress. His medical history included increased tonsillitis from ages 8 to 15 and the use offo tetracyclines for teenage acne. The need for antibiotics was minimal from approximately 1980-1998.
Tom’s allergies including increased nasal symptoms, which had begun at about age five, and improved when he limited dairy products in 1995. However, he continued to haved a persistent mild stuffiness and post- nasal drip.
When Tom first came to see me, his major concern was asthma, which he first noted during his early 30s while exercising. Then the symptoms became more frequent and were also triggered by respiratory infections and increased coughing. He said his symptoms were worse in the middle of the night, and when swallowing. His complaints included tightness, shortness of breath and wheezing.
A bronchial inhaler, Albuterol, one puff twice daily, helped relieve his symptoms. High doses caused adverse side effects. The A steroid inhaler, Aerobid, one puff twice daily, also helped. His asthma was better outside the house than inside.
His other major complaints were rectal itching, bleeding and scabbing. An important point he made was, with increased asthma, there was decreased rectal itching and vice versa. And an inhaled steroid triggered his rectal itching, but helped his asthma.
Tom was also concerned about his 20-pound weight loss during the three years before his first office visit. He had been avoiding wheat, tomato and soy for two months and he avoided milk for six months before his first visit. He’d also received allergy testing at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was found to be negative for pollens, dust, mold and dog. Foods were not tested.
In discussing his problems with him, I said, "Tom, I think you have a yeast problem and in all likelihood, a leaky gut plays a part in causing your complaints."
Physical examination was within normal limits except for milk allergic shiners, an allergic appearance to the turbinates in his nose and severe perianal fungal dermatitis. This was treated with topical Loprox cream.
He was also tested for dust products, molds and foods. A yeast culture showed the rhodoturula yeast that ais very sensitive to Nizoral and mildly sensitive to nystatin (prescription anti-fungal medicals), caprylic acid and garlic. I started Tom on a probiotic, followed by "yeast fighters" two weeks later, and then a ten-day course of Nizoral, which caused increased fatigue.
At a follow-up visit two months later (February 1999), Tom was better. The Loprox ointment has helped his rectal itching and his treatment program included food and inhalant immunotherapy, probiotics and “yeast fighters.” Following this treatment program helped Tom control both his asthma and his rectal itching.
I recommended another two-week course of Nizoral, 200 mg. daily, to further control his yeast problem. DThen during his next visit in April of 1999, Tom reported he continued to do well on 100 mg. of Nizoral. Then I changed his treatment program to Diflucan 100 mg. daily for one week followed by 200 mg. daily. He said, “I feel a lot better, think more clearly and all in all, I’m feeling great.”
Tom continued on the Diflucan – 200 mgs. daily for two months, then decreasing to 100 mg. per day, he reported he was able to start running and lift weights for the first time in a year. He also used the inhaled steroids Pulmicort and Albuterol, one puff of each daily, to control his asthma.
In his last visit, he said he was enjoying his best health in years. He continued to take Diflucan, which had been tapered down to 50 mg. three times a week. When he tried to cut the dose down, his asthma worsened.
On this dose, his asthma, sleep, fatigue and rectal itching all improved. He was able to stop immunotherapy on this visit, although he continued to avoid foods he was allergic to, take probiotics and the Pulmicort and Albuterolinhaled steroids when needed.
To summarize, Tom had both allergic asthma and a yeast problem. With the use of even low-dose inhalers to control his asthma, his yeast problem flared up. On a good diet, appropriate supplements, antifungal medication, immunotherapy for one and one-half years, he’s enjoyed excellent health.